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  • Start date: September 2019

Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation BA

For students interested in the classical world this degree provides a focus on the art and material culture of Greece and Rome. The programme includes a basic grounding in at least one classical language, fundamental aspects of archaeology, and field visits to develop a first-hand acquaintance with sites, museums and objects.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2019
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects.
(contextual offer)
BBB (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
No specific subjects.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
(contextual offer)
32 (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5.

UK applicants qualifications

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.

D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • UCL is ranked the second best place to study archaeology in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

  • The Institute of Archaeology's degree programmes offer an unrivalled variety of optional modules, covering a very diverse range of archaeological topics in both a theoretical and a practical manner.

  • Optional modules include everything from Roman Art and Architecture to Pyrotechnology, Plants and Archaeology, Human Evolution, and  Archaeology and Climate Change.

  • The degree includes 70 days of funded fieldwork - both in the UK and overseas (from Spain, France and Montenegro to Belize, China and Uganda, to name a few).


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Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Most of the degree is structured around a combination of core and optional modules. In your first year, you will receive a solid grounding in both the practical and theoretical methods in archaeology, as well as an introduction to the study of ancient languages.

The second and third years provide a more advanced understanding of archaeology and allow you to develop your own specialised interests by choosing optional modules in particular subject areas.

All students registered for this degree are required to undertake a four-week study visit to the Mediterranean as part of their 70 days of fieldwork. This is an individual programme of visits to sites and museums around the Mediterranean developed by you in conjunction with the degree co-ordinator. The study tour allows students to pursue aspects of their first two years of coursework in more depth, and prepare for their final-year dissertation, through extended critical first-hand examination of sites and artefacts of the ancient Mediterranean.

In the third year you are given the chance to reflect critically on your fieldwork experience during the degree through a fieldwork portfolio or fieldwork study report, and to write a 10,000-word dissertation on a detailed subject that you will choose with the help of a supervisor.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Introduction to Archaeology
Field Methods
Sites and Artefacts
World Archaeology: the Deep History of Human Societies
In addition, you will also take 1.0 credit of Ancient Greek or Latin modules.

Optional modules

You will select two of the following optional modules:

Introduction to Greek Archaeology
Introduction to Roman Archaeology
Texts in Archaeology.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Research and Presentation Skills
Theory and Method for the Archaeology of the Ancient World

Optional modules

You will select optional modules (worth 3.0 credits in total) in the following areas:

Greek and Roman archaeology – normally Greek Art and Architecture or Roman Art and Architecture
Ancient languages, archaeology, or ancient world studies
A further optional module to be chosen from a range in consultation with your Personal Tutor.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Archaeology in the World
Field Study Tour Report or Fieldwork Portfolio
Dissertation relating to Classical Archaeology (subject to approval), Classical Civilisation or Classical Art

Optional modules

You will select modules (worth a total of 2.0 credits) in the following areas:

Greek and Roman art/archaeology
Classical world (archaeology, literature, ancient language, history)
Additional optional module to be chosen from a range in consultation with your Personal Tutor.

Your learning

You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, either field or laboratory-based. Full use is made of our extensive teaching and reference collections and close connections to the national museums and collections of London.


Coursework, typically 1,500-2,500-word essays, is used to assess most modules. Most compulsory modulses and some optional modules involve an examination element too. The completion of 70 days' fieldwork is a requirement for all archaeology students. This includes a four-week study tour for Classical Archaeology students.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation BA.


Throughout the degree, which includes 70 days of fieldwork, students develop the ability to work collaboratively and effectively within teams as well as working independently in order to execute research. Students develop strong research and analytical skills and an appreciation of the importance of recovering primary data through practical experience.

Students learn to communicate effectively verbally, visually and in writing to diverse audiences and develop a sensitivity to different cultures.

Our graduates go on to work in a diverse range of fields from archaeology (fieldwork, research and academia), heritage, museums, the UK civil service and police, law, engineering, business - the possibilities are extremely wide and varied.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of this programme include:

  • Visitor Experience Assistant, British Museum
  • Full-time student, MPhil in Classical Archaeology at Magdalen College, University of Oxford
  • Volunteer Primary School Teaching Assistant, Underhill School and Children's Centre
  • Level 1 Yoga Teacher Course, Fierce Grace
  • Full-time student, PGCE Secondary Teaching (History), at the University of Sussex

Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2014-2016 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2018/19)
Overseas students
£25,960 (2018/19)

Overseas fees for the 2019/20 academic year are expected to be available in July 2018. Undergraduate UK/EU fees are capped by the UK Government and are expected to be available in October 2018. Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The scholarships listed below are for 2017 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2018 entry will be published when they are available.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

We use predicted grades, references, previous academic records and the personal statement on your application to assess your suitability for the programme. You should demonstrate your interest in studying archaeology and explain the measures you have taken to sustain your interest in the past. Evidence of interests and activities beyond the school curriculum will also be of benefit.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2019


The UCAS application forms are assessed by a central UCL team and the Archaeology department.  The personal statement and predicted grades are used for assessment and sometimes extra information is requested. 

Once an offer has been made applicants, unless living overseas, are invited to attend a Post Offer Open Day where they will meet staff and students and will be able to see all of the facilities on site at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and UCL.

Additionally, the open day allows you to learn about our archaeological artefacts, meet specific tutors, tour UCL and the institute, and find out more about the degree programmes, resources and facilities we offer. Alternative arrangements can be made for those living overseas. 

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.